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'Joy is strength' inspires creation of Mother Teresa's portrait

American artist speaks about feelings when painting picture of recently canonized nun

September 15, 2016

As American artist Chas Fagan created his portrait of Mother Teresa he was inspired by one of her quotes: "Joy is strength."

"Every time I lifted up the brush, that quote was going through my head. Mother Teresa lived that. She was a diminutive, yet earthshaking figure," Fagan told CNS.

"Mother Teresa brought joy to my studio, to my home. Now I will miss her company," said the acclaimed artist.

Fagan was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus for the portrait, which took six weeks to paint after a month's worth of preliminary sketches.

A large tapestry reproduction of the portrait hung on the facade of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, and served as a backdrop for Mother Teresa's canonization on Sept. 4.

See more in this CNS video below:

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